Source: Emergency WA

Time of issue: 11:53 AM
Date of issue: 04 February 2021

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for parts of AVELEY, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, MILLENDON, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN, WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK, WOOROLOO and WUNDOWIE in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING is in place for people in parts of AVELEY, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BELHUS, BRIGADOON, BULLSBROOK, ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, MILLENDON, THE VINES, UPPER SWAN, WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK, WOOROLOO and WUNDOWIE in the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

WHAT TO DO:

For people within the Clenton and Berry Road Gidgegannup area AND Shady Hills Estate and East Bullsbook areas, it's too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly.

You need to shelter in your home in a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

You must shelter before the fire arrives as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.

Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.

For people in the remainder of the Emergency Warning area, if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire to a safer place. This applies to ALL people in this area, including people who have been directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine and everyone subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions leave now, to a suitable premises or safer place, wear a mask and continue to follow precautions to minimise the spread of the virus.

If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine due to COVID-19:

Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.?

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for parts of AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BRABHAM, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, DAYTON, eastern parts of ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, HERNE HILL, HOVEA, JANE BROOK, LOWER CHITTERING, MIDDLE SWAN, MILLENDON, MELALEUCA, MOUNT HELENA, MUCHEA, PARKERVILLE, RED HILL, STONEVILLE, THE VINES, WEST SWAN, WOOROLOO and WUNDOWIE in the Shires of TOODYAY, CHITTERING, MUNDARING, NORTHAM and CITY OF SWAN.

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for people in parts of AVELEY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BAILUP, BASKERVILLE, BRABHAM, BULLSBROOK, CHIDLOW, DAYTON, eastern parts ELLENBROOK, GIDGEGANNUP, HENLEY BROOK, HERNE HILL, HOVEA, JANE BROOK, LOWER CHITTERING, MIDDLE SWAN, MILLENDON, MELALEUCA, MOUNT HELENA, MUCHEA, PARKERVILLE, RED HILL, STONEVILLE, THE VINES, WEST SWAN, WOOROLOO and WUNDOWIE in the Shires of TOODYAY, CHITTERING, MUNDARING, NORTHAM and CITY OF SWAN.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 and plan to leave:

Leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.

Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Bushfire ADVICE for parts of ALEXANDER HEIGHTS, ASHBY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BALGA, BALLAJURA, BANKSIA GROVE, BENNETT SPRINGS, BULLSBROOK, CARABOODA, CARRAMAR, CHITTERING, CULLACABARDEE, DARCH, GIRRAWHEEN, GNANGARA, HOCKING, JANDABUP, KOONDOOLA, LANDSDALE, LEXIA, LOWER CHITTERING, MADELEY, MALAGA, MARANGAROO, MARIGINIUP, MELALEUCA, MIRRABOOKA, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MUCHEA, NEERABUP, NOWERGUP, PEARSALL, PINJAR, SINAGRA, TAPPING, WANGARA, WANNEROO AND WHITEMAN in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, TOODYAY and THE CITIES OF STIRLING, SWAN AND WANNEROO and in parts of BEECHINA, CHIDLOW, GREENMOUNT, HOVEA, JANE BROOK, MOUNT HELENA, MUNDARING, PARKERVILLE, SAWYERS VALLEY, STONEVILLE and SWAN VIEW in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and CITY OF SWAN

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire ADVICE is in place for people parts of ALEXANDER HEIGHTS, ASHBY, AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, BALGA, BALLAJURA, BANKSIA GROVE, BENNETT SPRINGS, BULLSBROOK, CARABOODA, CARRAMAR, CHITTERING, CULLACABARDEE, DARCH, GIRRAWHEEN, GNANGARA, HOCKING, JANDABUP, KOONDOOLA, LANDSDALE, LEXIA, LOWER CHITTERING, MADELEY, MALAGA, MARANGAROO, MARIGINIUP, MELALEUCA, MIRRABOOKA, MOONDYNE, MORANGUP, MUCHEA, NEERABUP, NOWERGUP, PEARSALL, PINJAR, SINAGRA, TAPPING, WANGARA, WANNEROO AND WHITEMAN in the SHIRES OF CHITTERING, TOODYAY and THE CITIES OF STIRLING, SWAN AND WANNEROO and in parts of BEECHINA, CHIDLOW, GREENMOUNT, HOVEA, JANE BROOK, MOUNT HELENA, MUNDARING, PARKERVILLE, SAWYERS VALLEY, STONEVILLE and SWAN VIEW in the SHIRE OF MUNDARING and CITY OF SWAN.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.

Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

Read through your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north westerly direction.

It is uncontained and out of control with a perimeter of 136 kilometres.

Burning embers may be blown around your home. There may be a risk of spot fires starting up to 100 metres ahead of the fire.

SAFER PLACE:

The Department of Communities has set up the following evacuation centres:

Brown Park Recreation Complex on Amherst Road, near the intersection of Salisbury Road, in Swan View.

Swan Active Midland - 16 Gray Dr, Midvale.

Swan Active Beechboro - 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.

A meeting for evacuees only will be held today at 1pm at Brown Park, Swan View.

The general community is urged not to attend to minimise COVID-19 risks. An update will be posted for the general community on the DFES Facebook page and via a link.

Watch yesterday's community meeting update here:

https://youtu.be/H3nIB-QvsFY

People who have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 should find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.

If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.

Protocols are in place to minimise COVID-19 risk at the evacuation centre and you must follow the directions of centre staff.

Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.

Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them. If this is not possible, please still proceed to the evacuation centre with your pets and await further advice.

SAFEST ROUTE:
It is too late to leave for people in or around Clenton Road and Berry Road, Gidgegannup AND Shady Hills and East Bullsbrook. You need to shelter in place or actively defend only if you're prepared to the highest level. For people in the remainder of the Emergency Warning area, if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear by travelling in a direction away from the fire.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
A number of roads have been closed including:

Railway Parade in both directions between Neaves Road and Maralla Road

Great Northern Highway in both directions from West Swan Road to Muchea East Road

Toodyay Road in both directions between Bunning Road to Bailup Road

Weribee Road in both directions from Doys Road to Linley Valley Road

Government Road in both directions from Linley Valley Road to Jason Street

Bailup Road in both directions from Burma Road to Government Road

Doys Road from Weribee Road to Burma Road

McNamara Road between Gaden Road and Weribee Road

O'Brien Road north of Toodyay Road in both directions including Clenton Road and Berry Road

Tonkin Highway between Ellenbrook and Brand Highway has reduced speed to 80 kilometres per hour.

The following roads are now opem:

Burma Road

Bailup between Toodyay Road and Burma Road

Please note there are dangerous road conditions within the area. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, be aware of emergency services personnel working onsite, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke and other hazards.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRES OF MUNDARING, CHITTERING and NORTHAM and the CITY OF SWAN.

HEALTH:

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

People are reminded that if you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

WELFARE

If you have been affected by the current Perth Bushfire, welfare support assistance may be available via the Department of Communities. Please contact the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965. Operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

It is normal to find it sudden and overwhelming when a bushfire occurs in your area. If you are in the bushfire affected area and are struggling to cope with your mental health or wellbeing, take steps for self-care and keep in touch with family and friends.

You can also call the dedicated Bushfire Recovery Line, provided by Lifeline. Call 13 HELP (13 43 57) to speak to someone.

POWER:

Western Power has advised that around 800 homes and businesses are without power in the fire impacted area. There is significant damage to the electricity network in the bushfire area and it is anticipated that repair and restoration will require a significant rebuild possible up to a number of weeks in some areas. This will be confirmed once damage can be assessed. For details visit www.westernpower.com.au

WATER:

For information about provision of essential water and wastewater services visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/About-us/Media-releases/2021/February-2021/Water-Corporation-update-on-Wooroloo-bushfire.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:

Register with Register.Find.Reunite to let your family and loved ones know you're OK and where you are located via https://register.redcross.org.au

You can also enquire about a loved one's whereabouts at https://register.redcross.org.au.

ANIMAL WELFARE:

For those in an area where it is not safe to leave:

It is no longer safe to evacuate horses and large animals.

It is not safe to handle animal movements outside.

Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

For other parts of the warning area where it is safe to leave:

Take animals to stay with a friend or family member, or to a private boarding or agistment arrangement.

If evacuating livestock or horses isn't possible, consider moving animals to a paddock with low fire fuel load, and ensure animals have feed and drinking water for several days of high to extreme temperatures.

Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.

More information on managing animals in emergencies is available at

agric.wa.gov.au

People who have evacuated and left animals behind, or may have fences damaged by fire putting animals at risk can contact the City of Swan for assistance on 9267 9267.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have 12 vets supported by the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring rangers ready to patrol the fire area, once the area is safe, from to Werribee Road in Wooloroo to Reen Road in Gidgegannup.

Wildcare Helpline: 08 9474 9055 or

www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/wildcare-helpline

RESTRICTED ACCESS PERMITS:

Firefighters are working to make the area safe and accessible for residents where possible.

When Restricted Access Permits become available, information about applying for a permit will be updated in this section.

For more information about restricted access permits visit the Restricted Access Permits section of the DFES website or

click here.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

500 DFES personnel, Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service Volunteers, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service and Forest Products Commission firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has resumed. The Large Air Tanker will continue laying lines of fire retardant in the area to assist with slowing down the fire.

Western Power, WAPOL, Local Government representatives, Main Roads, St John Ambulance, and SES volunteers are also in attendance.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 12:02 PM on 1 February 2021.

Currently there has been 10,463 hectares burnt.

81 properties have been confirmed as lost.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: facebook.com/dfeswa, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

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